A dual-gate organic field-effect transistor is investigated for electrically pumped lasing. The two gates can independently accumulate electrons and holes, yielding current densities exceeding the lasing threshold. Here, the aim is to force the electrons and holes to recombine by confining the charges in a single semiconducting film. It is found that independent hole and electron accumulation is mutually exclusive with vertical recombination and light emission. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.